Konami starts the Rock Revolution

What do you get when you cross Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and a company that wants to prove they originated music rhythm games? You get Rock Revolution, the latest musical brain child from Konami, that’s what. The game was showed off at Konami’s Gamer’s Night 2008 and promises to be “the most innovative and realistic rock game to hit the market, that will provide a quality drum peripheral and music that players will appreciate,” according to Anthony Crouts, Konami’s Vice President of Marketing.

So what makes this title stand out from the already established Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises? Konami is banking on Rock Revolution’s drums. The drum kit is said to have six drum pads plus a pedal in addition to the now standard lead guitar and bass instruments.

Rock Revolution will be released in the fall for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, and DS. The PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will come with 40 songs, online cooperative and versus modes, and a ‘record your own song’ option. The Wii version will give air guitar a new name with the Wii remote and Nunchuk playing a key role, and DS players will be able to record their own vocals. Can Rock Revolution live up to its competitors? Thoughts please.